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BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy mayonnaise and Greek yogurt dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, shredded green lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and red pepper flakes.  Serve for barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish.

With the first week of spring in full bloom, I’ve been looking for a reason to get outside and celebrate.  Spring in Louisiana means that the trees have bloomed and it’s heating up outside.  I’ve come to appreciate spring in the south as it’s perfect in every way before the heat and humidity start in May.  This past weekend, we had friends visiting from Wisconsin.  While they were in their swimsuit and jumping in the pool, I was preparing the food.

Since it’s the first grill of the season, I want it to be special.  I’ve been waiting for this day for months and this BLT Pasta Salad just seems like the perfect dish to celebrate with.

BLT Pasta Salad

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 It’s a constant struggle to finish everything before it spoils.

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BLT Pasta Salad

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With spring in full swing, you’ll want to make a fun and flavorful dish that are perfect for barbecues.  This ridiculously easy BLT Pasta Salad is perfect as an appetizer, side-dish, or even a main dish.

What are some of your favorite picnic dishes to make this time of year?

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BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy mayonnaise and Greek yogurt dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, shredded green lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for summer barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Jessica Knott

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Ditalini shaped pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 12 slices bacon , chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 - 3 cups chopped green lettuce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 - 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes , optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot over medium high heat, cook 16 ounces of pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, cook bacon in skillet over stove top then chop once cooled. Drain pasta and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil; set aside. Chop lettuce and tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt and pasta noodles then toss everything together until coated. Stir in lettuce, chopped bacon, tomatoes, red pepper flakes and cheddar cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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    Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'!
    03/22/2016 at 3:07 pm

    I love that you added red pepper flakes! Pasta salads can be boring and bland sometimes. Not this one! 🙂

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    Megan @Meg is Well
    03/22/2016 at 4:46 pm

    Oh wow, I want to dig into some of that! I know pasta salads kind of have a bad reputation but they’re so perfect for picnics. Can’t wait to take this on one.

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    Isabella
    03/23/2016 at 12:51 pm

    This looks fantastic! Love bacon in salads, this would be fantastic at a summer BBQ!

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    Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
    03/23/2016 at 1:44 pm

    I love love love macaroni salad. Your photos are gorgeous. I wish I had your Louisiana spring though…I live in Toronto and while it’s technically spring, we are expecting snow tomorrow lol! This salad might just be what we need to brighten up our day.

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    Evi
    03/23/2016 at 2:34 pm

    BLT pasta salad?! How creative! It looks so yummy!

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    AiPing | Curious Nut
    03/23/2016 at 2:44 pm

    This is definitely perfect for spring and has spring written all over it. Fresh, vibrant and full of color. BLT pasta salad. Yum!

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    whitney
    03/23/2016 at 2:51 pm

    Holy hell, this looks amazing. Like, super amazing. Like, super duper amazing. I need this in my mouth right now!

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    Susan
    04/22/2016 at 7:26 am

    Looks really yummy, planning on making it. But question, what do you do with the second tablespoon of olive oil? Did I miss something? Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Jessica Knott
      04/22/2016 at 10:22 am

      I usually put about a tablespoon or less of olive oil in the pasta water while it cooks to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other and getting soggy.

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    Jillian
    05/07/2016 at 4:53 pm

    Yumm! This turned out tastier than I expected and went perfect as a side dish for a BBQ. I love the addition of red pepper flakes in this recipe, I even doubled the amount. Next time I’ll add some diced green onion. Thank you for this great, simple pasta salad.

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      Jessica Knott
      05/08/2016 at 12:51 am

      Yay, glad you liked it! It’s such a simple and classic recipe to make this time of year. Thanks, Jillian!

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    melissa
    06/15/2016 at 8:15 am

    I think I will make this tonight, sounds perfect paired with pork chops on the grill, some tangy bar-b-questions sauce and a cold beer. One question. Do you think that additional seasoning is necessary, or is the mayo and Greek yogurt enough?

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    Martha
    09/03/2016 at 12:08 pm

    Can I make this 24 hrs. in advance? Should I mix the bacon, tomatoes and lettuce in when I’m almost ready to server? It sounds great!! Its for my son’s inlaws bbq and I want it to be perfect! Thanks😊

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      Jessica Knott
      09/04/2016 at 10:42 am

      Hi Martha, go ahead and make the pasta ahead of time. Just be sure to toss it with a little olive oil before storing it in the fridge. Then just toss it all together when ready to serve.

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    Angie
    06/05/2017 at 3:40 pm

    I just made this over the weekend and really loved it but jut wanted to know about how long it lasts… I am still amazed the lettuce hasn’t wilted…..It was AWESOME and I will for sure be making it for Summer Parties & OR BBQ’s this Summer 🙂

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      Jessica Knott
      06/05/2017 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Angie, I’d probably save it for 4-5 days. Re-wet it with the dressing if needed!

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